Category: Lower Extremity Disabilities

Custom-Built Child's Bed

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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide a safe bed for a child with cerebral palsy, developmental disabilities, and vision and hearing impairments at a comfortable height for care givers. The standard-sized twin bed has a raised base and heavy-duty pine posts that support fixed rails on three sides. The rails on the fourth side slide up and down, with the weight taken on counterbalanced springs similar to those on a window sash. The rail is held in the raised position with bolts and a covered catch at the bottom of sliding section that the child cannot undo. When the rail is down, the child can get in or out of bed or be tended to by care givers. The base is made of heavy-duty construction plywood with holes drilled for ventilation to the mattress. The mattress is removable to enable it to be turned as needed. The base also features built-in storage. DEIMENSIONS: The mattress top is 880 millimeters above the floor and the support rails extend 800 millimeters above the mattress. The pine posts for the rails are 100 x 100 millimeters. TITLE: Playing and Growing. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 25, Number 4, Summer 2005. PAGES: 8-9. Number of pages: 3 (including cover).


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TAD is a charity organisation that has the authority to fundraise. TAD uses volunteers dedicated to the design, construction and provision of aids for people with disabilities. Members of TAD provide a resource pool comprising a range of design, engineering, rehabilitation, computer, therapy and other professional and technical skills. Aids custom-designed by TAD volunteers are described in the TAD Journal.

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